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Trial begins in slaying of girl, 13, who met college student on Kik app

Trial begins in slaying of girl, 13, who met college student on Kik app

Defendant David Eisenhauer in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Christiansburg Va. Tuesday, Feb. 6 2018. Eisenhauer is accused of killing 13-year-old Nicole Madison Lovell on Jan. 27, 2016. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool) By DENISE LAVOIE

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — As a Virginia Tech student’s trial began Tuesday in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl, his lawyer tried to shift the jury’s focus to the young man’s alleged accomplice.

David Eisenhauer, who was then an 18-year-old engineering student, is accused of killing seventh-grader Nicole Lovell on Jan. 27, 2016. Prosecutors say he was worried others would find out about his relationship with the underage girl, whom he had met on the instant messaging app Kik.

On the night of her death, he allegedly made a “secret date” with her, arranging to meet her after she climbed out her bedroom window.

Defense attorney John Lichtenstein sought to blame Eisenhauer’s friend Natalie Keepers, who he said had a fascination with knives and was “deeply motivated” to kill Nicole.

Keepers has been charged as an accessory and is scheduled to go on trial in September. She told police she was not present for the killing. Virginia Tech student Natalie Keepers. (Blacksburg Police Department via […]

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